Spark!Fishers ignited by First Internet Bank returns this week, and there is truly something for everyone! We asked three of our Fishers Ambassadors for their favorite ways to celebrate on a date night, with young children, and with the whole family.
Celebrate Spark!Fishers with the Whole Family by Amanda Merriweather
My family has celebrated Fishers’ summer celebrations for several years now and it is always an absolute blast! I am so excited for this year’s weeklong Spark!Fishers celebration and am looking forward to making tons of fun summer memories with my family right here in our community.
We have four children (toddler, elementary, and teenage years), so finding events with activities all of us can enjoy can often be a challenge. With five nights of fun at this year’s Spark!Fishers ignited by First Internet Bank, there’s truly something for everyone.
Check out my recommendations and detailed itinerary for top ways you can experience this fun-filled celebration with the whole family.
Tuesday June 22
Pack up the family and kick off the Spark!Fishers celebration by heading to the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater for a FREE Tuesday Night Community Concert featuring hit music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. My favorite things to pack for the concert include blankets, a picnic basket full of snacks, cooler with drinks, bubbles, a football or frisbee, and a little spending money for the food/bar trucks!
Wednesday, June 23
6:30 PM: Half Pint Half K Fun Run
Even the littlest runners can take part in the Spark!Fishers 5K this year with a Half K Fun Run beginning at 6:30 p.m. This will be our kids’ first year participating and they are very excited!
7 PM: Fishers Family 5K presented by IU Health Saxony
Enjoy live music from School of Rock Fishers and a beer garden hosted by MashCraft Brewery with the family 5k race beginning promptly at 7 p.m. Each finisher will receive a race shirt and a medal! View the course map and register online or onsite registration is permitted until 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 24
6 PM: Car & Art Show
Head over to the Central Green in the Nickel Plate District to check out vintage and modern cars alongside over 30 local artists and artisans. Featured artist Gary Dausch will be right in front of City Hall with his mobile 28-foot gallery! This family-fun event is free and no tickets are required.
Saturday, June 26
3 PM: Street Fair
The Spark!Fishers Street Fair provides the opportunity to enjoy delicious food, handmade goods, and a blend of awesome entertainment from over 100 food and art vendors!
A few must-see and do activities include:
- The Ferris Wheel in the middle of 116th Street!
- The Main Stage at the NPD AMP sponsored by Ed Martin Nissan and Ed Martin Toyota and the Community Stage on the Central Green sponsored by Aspen Creek Grill (Live Performances)
- The Kids Zone sponsored by DMC Insurance (Bounce Houses, Games, Face Painting, & More)
- Roots at Spark!Fishers (Teen Hangout, Mobile Skatepark, Game Trailor, DJ & More)
- Spark of Creativity (a Fishers Art Council Creative Experience)
5 PM: Street Fair Food
By now, I’m sure everyone will be hungry, so finding food is going to be next up on our list! There are so many options for food and drinks, but here are a few we plan to scope out:
- Aunt Jean’s Fun Foods
- Dem Kentucky Boyz BBQ
- MashCraft Fishers
- Custard Dogs
- Indy’s Best Bar
- Papa Smurf Concessions
Also, now is the perfect time to run to The Mother’s Lounge inside City Hall for a dedicated space to care for your babies, change diapers, and squeeze in a quiet feeding before heading to the parade!
6 PM: Parade
The parade is by far my kids’ favorite part of the whole summer celebration! It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the spark of our community with floats, performances, and walking groups from various local organizations, businesses, and civic groups. View the map route at sparkfishers.com/parade.
7 PM: Cool Down
Cool off by visiting Heroes Hall in the City Hall Auditorium, where you can honor our hometown heroes who have served our country and our community. Here, kids can prepare a care package for a local hero, watch a video highlighting our hometown heroes, and see demonstrations from our community helpers!
Another way to cool down is with icy cold treats, of course! Here are a few at the top of my list:
- Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
- Moo & Lou Frozen Treats
- Papa Floyd’s Polar Snow
- Crave Ice Cream Social
- The Live Project Fresh Pressed Juice
- Denniston Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
8 PM: Live Music & Dinner
For dinner, we plan on listening to the live performances and stopping by the Dining Tents sponsored by Four Day Ray Brewing for food and drinks from local vendors.
10 PM: Fireworks
End the week-long celebration with a spectacular firework show launched from Holland Park. The best viewing locations include the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater lawn and throughout the Municipal Complex. Grab some snacks, a blanket, and cozy up under the night sky!
*Please note that Holland Park will be closed during the fireworks show for safety reasons.
Celebrate Spark!Fishers with a Date Night by Sierra Sieracki
There is just something about summer date nights that makes them superior to all other date nights. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always a fan of visiting a pumpkin patch in the fall or ice skating in the winter, but nothing beats the summertime. If you are looking for the perfect date night idea this week around central Indiana, then Fishers is where you need to be!
Their annual festival, Spark!Fishers ignited by First Internet Bank, is taking place Tuesday, June 22 through Saturday, June 26. The weeklong celebration is happening in Fishers’ downtown Nickel Plate District with different events and activities each day. The events include a concert, a 5k run/walk, a car and art show, a street fair, and even a parade. Did I mention there will be a Ferris wheel in the middle of 116th Street?
While there is a Kids Zone, of course, there is definitely something fun going on each day for those without children too! I’ve broken down the Spark!Fishers itinerary into the perfect date night for every kind of couple below:
If music is your thing, you are in luck! Kick-off the week with a Community Concert on Tuesday night featuring The Midtown Madmen at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. Get the full details below:
Tuesday, June 22 | 7-9 p.m.
Kick off the Spark!Fishers celebration with a Tuesday Night Community Concert featuring The Midtown Madmen, showcasing music from the ’50s and ’60s, at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Food, non-alcoholic beverages, chairs, and blankets are welcome. Outside alcohol is not permitted, but food and drink will be available for purchase on site. The Tuesday Night Community Concert Series is presented by IU Health Saxony.
The Artsy Couple + Car Aficionados
The Car & Art Show on Thursday evening is the perfect event for a unique date night! There will be a variety of local artists showcasing their work, as well as a collection of vintage and modern cars. Get the full details below:
Car & Art Show
Thursday, June 24 | 6-9 p.m.
Stroll the Central Green and check out the Spark!Fishers Car & Art Show, featuring vintage and modern cars alongside 30 local artists and artisans. This event is free to attend, and no tickets are required. Car owners can register their vehicles at sparkfishers.com.
Classic Summer Dates
For those looking for a classic summertime date that never goes out of style, head over to Saturday’s Street Fair and stick around for the parade and fireworks. This event is jam-packed with local food and drink options, three entertainment stages, art experiences, and even a Ferris wheel in the middle of 116th Street! Check out the full details below:
Saturday, June 26 / 3-10 p.m.
Soak up the summer fun at the Spark!Fishers Street Fair around the Municipal Complex, with fun for all ages including:
- Local food and drink, retail vendors, artisans, and more, along with the Dining Tent sponsored by Four Day Ray Brewing.
- Three entertainment stages featuring live performances throughout the day, including the main NPD AMP stage sponsored by Ed Martin Nissan and Ed Martin Toyota, the Community Stage sponsored by Aspen Creek Grill, and the Platform Stage.
- A Kids Zone with bounce houses, games, face painters, and more kid-friendly fun sponsored by DMC Insurance.
- Roots at Spark!Fishers, a teen zone featuring a mobile skatepark and dance battles with 31Svn Street Dance Academy.
- Fishers Arts Council presents a new experience, Spark of Creativity. Find your creative Spark and try out introductory experiences in movement, music, fiber arts, and acrylic painting.
- Cool down at Heroes Hall in the City Hall Auditorium, presented by Folds of Honor, where we will honor our hometown heroes who have served our country and our community. Prepare a care package for a local hero, watch a video highlighting these hometown heroes, and check out special demonstrations from the Fishers Police Department, Fishers Health Department, and members of the Monon District Boy Scout Troops.
Saturday, June 26 | 6 p.m.
Celebrate the spark of our community with this fun-filled tradition through Fishers’ Nickel Plate District featuring floats and walking groups from various local organizations and civic groups. A route map is available at sparkfishers.com/Parade.
Saturday, June 26 | 10 p.m.
Cap off the festivities with a dazzling fireworks show launched from Holland Park (1 Park Drive). Suggested viewing locations include the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater Lawn and throughout the Municipal Complex. Holland Park will be closed for viewing during the show for safety reasons.
Overall, I can’t get over this amazing lineup of events this year! My husband and I are most excited for the Street Fair, parade, and fireworks. We hope to see some other couples there!
Celebrate Spark!Fishers with Young Children by Megan Gamble
With the sights and sounds of the summer season in full swing, how could any child or child at heart not have the biggest smile on their face when attending a classic Americana summer festival?
Growing up in Fishers, one of my favorite childhood memories was attending Fishers’ summer celebration, now known as Spark!Fishers. As a parent, I love seeing the same excitement in my children’s eyes each year that we attend. The City of Fishers has grown this celebration in so many unique ways since I was a child. This year, the festival is back better than ever! Spark!Fishers is a week-long celebration culminating with the main event; a street fair, parade, and fireworks show on Saturday.
This year’s theme, Hometown Heroes, will honor the Fishers’ residents who have served our country and our community, from the U.S. Armed Forces to the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before you head out to the fun, here are my family’s top eight favorite experiences at Spark!Fishers if you plan on attending with younger children!
Pack a picnic dinner and kick-off Spark!Fishers week by kicking up your heels with the Midtown Mad Men Tuesday Night Concert starting at 7 p.m. at the Nickel Plate Amp. This weekly summer tradition is the perfect way to get into the celebration spirit. The Midtown Mad Men features music from the ’50s and ’60s.
Half Pint ½ K
On Wednesday, June 23, lace up your running shoes for this family-friendly Walk/Run around downtown Fishers. This .31 of a mile walk/run will depart from Fishers City Hall (1 Municipal Drive) at 6:30 p.m. If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, join in the 5K, beginning promptly at 7 p.m. Be sure to view a course map and register for the race here! Onsite registration will be available until 6:30 p.m.
Whether you’re a classic car enthusiast or just want to check out some cool cars, Thursday’s Car and Art Spark is a fun event for the whole family! The Car and Art Show occurs on Thursday, July 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stroll the Central Green and check out vintage and modern cars alongside 30 local artists and artisans. A family-favorite car show activity is creating a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt can be as simple as giving each family member a list of items to find or tasks such as having a photograph taken with specific cars.
Street Fair Kid’s Zone
At the street fair, my kids love to make an immediate beeline to the Kid’s Zone. This kid paradise is packed with bounce houses, games, face painters, sensory fun, crafts, and many more fun experiences. My favorite part of the Kid’s Zone is that there is something for all ages; both my two-year-old and five-year-old can play and have a great time. Sensory packs for those with sensory challenges are available.
It’s impossible to go to a street fair without sampling some of the delicious fare, and Spark!Fishers is not in short supply with 18 different food and drink vendors! Knowing that it’s almost Spark!Fishers time means my kids are already dreaming of the treats they want to make sure to have. At the top of the current list (which changes daily) is Crave Ice Cream, Kona Ice Indy, and Denniston fresh-squeezed lemonade.
This year, Spark!Fishers will feature three different stages for live entertainment throughout the street festival; the Main Stage At The NPD AMP, Community Tent On The Central Green, and The Platform At The Nickel Plate Trail. Each stage will present a family-friendly show perfect for taking a break from the fun or the perfect place to sit and enjoy a meal. This year my five-year-old is particularly excited for Master Yoo’s Tae Kwon Do and Bach to Rock Music School at the Community Tent. My two-year-old is here for all the dance-worthy music on the Main Stage and The Platform.
My favorite part of the entire festival is the parade! This fun-filled Fishers tradition features floats and walking groups from various local organizations and civic groups. The parade steps off on Saturday at 6 p.m. and travels through Fishers’ Nickel Plate District. Our favorite viewing location is along 116th street. To find your family’s perfect viewing location check out the route map.
The perfect ending to this celebratory week is Saturday night’s dazzling fireworks show. The fireworks start at 10 p.m. and will be launched from Holland Park. Holland Park will be closed for viewing for safety reasons, but great viewing locations include the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater lawn and throughout the Municipal Complex. So grab a blanket or some lawn chairs and settle in as Spark!Fishers sends the weekend out with a bang!
Where To Park…
Currently, 116th Street is closed east of Municipal Drive to the west of Maple Street for the Nickel Plate Trail pedestrian tunnel. Additional road closures will be in effect for Spark!Fishers beginning on Wednesday evening, June 23. For events Tuesday through Friday evening, parking is available around the Municipal Complex and downtown Fishers. On Saturday, everyone is encouraged to park at the Forum Credit Union Headquarters (11313 USA Parkway) and take the free event shuttle. These free shuttles will run regularly beginning Saturday at 1:30 p.m. through the end of the Spark!Fishers. Surface lots and parking garages around the Municipal Complex will be closed for public access. Bicycle parking is available around the Municipal Complex. Click here for more details and a road closure map!
Learn more about Spark!Fishers at sparkfishers.com and be sure to share all your Spark!Fishers fun all week on social media by using the hashtags #SparkFishers.
Amanda Merriweather has lived in Fishers for eight years with her family of six on the northwest side of the city. She is a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer who enjoys reading, blogging, crafting (her new favorite hobby is woodworking), as well as spending time with her family finding new trails, exploring new places, watching movies, and playing board games. You can find her at The Yard at Fishers District, local coffee shops and boutiques, and the Fishers library and parks with her kids. Her favorite aspect of Fishers is how family-oriented the city is, and how many family-friendly activities there are to enjoy throughout the year. Follow her on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and on her blog.
Sierra Sieracki has been a Fishers resident for nearly 20 years and currently lives in the Geist area. She is a food, drink, and travel blogger and loves to travel and check out the best local spots. You can find her around Fishers checking out all the new breweries, bars, and restaurants that have opened in recent years with her husband and two dogs named Luke and Leia. She loved growing up here and going to school here, and she really enjoys watching how much it has grown into the city it is today. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and check out her website.
Megan Gamble was raised in Fishers and has lived here for over 20 years. She lives in the Geist area with her husband, Zane, and two active boys, Miles (4) and Nolan (1). A former teacher and child developmental therapist, she loves finding new adventures with her family in Fishers Parks, as well as attending the city’s family-friendly (and date night perfect) events throughout the year. Her hobbies include photography, coffee, DIY projects, wine, traveling, helping others, and fashion. She loves Fishers’ small town feel though it’s a growing, thriving city and being able to visit and attend festivals, events, and activities with her family that she also attended as a child. Follow her on Instagram at @MilesofAdventures.